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The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century 

Buster McDermott
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Updated March 15, 2020 16.8k votes 2.2k voters 35.5k views 84 items

List Rules Vote up the best actresses who have performed on Broadway since 2000.

Female performers have taken Broadway by storm in the 21st century, with many talented women drawing audiences night after night. Many can be seen in the most popular Broadway shows, such as Wicked, while others are in smaller productions, but their talent has earned all of them a place on this list of the most amazing 21st century female Broadway stars.

When it comes to the best Broadway stars of the 21st century - male or female - can anyone forget Sutton Foster? Foster is a true triple threat, and both audiences and awards committees acknowledge her as such. As of 2014, she’d already captured two Tony Awards: Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for both Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes.

A few of the best female Broadway performers of the 21st century are just beginning their careers, but they will be sure not to disappoint audiences in the future. Leighton Meester, who shot to fame on the show “Gossip Girl,” will make her Broadway debut in 2014, starring in a production of Of Mice and Men.

On this list you’ll find the best female stars Broadway has to offer in the 21st century. Although a few of their names might be unfamiliar, you’re sure to hear about them in the coming years. Cast your votes below for the best 21st century female Broadway stars.

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Age: 48
Originated the role of Maureen in Rent.
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Kristin Chenoweth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Originated role of Glinda in Wicked.
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Age: 44
Won a Tony Award for her performance in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
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Age: 49
Recipient of five Tony Awards.
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Patti LuPone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Recipient of two Tony Awards, for Evita and Gypsy
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Sierra Boggess is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Renée Elise Golds... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Laura Osnes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Won the revival cast role of Sandy in Grease from TV show You're The One That I Want. Original Bonnie in Bonnie & Clyde. Hope in Anything Goes revival. Ella in Cinderella.
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Lea Salonga is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Phillipa Soo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Age: 43
Has received four Tony Award nominations in her career.
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Stephanie J. Block is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Jessie Mueller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Original cast of Beautiful: the Carole King Musical. Revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Upcoming production of Waitress,
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Age: 38
Played Glinda in the ever-popular Wicked.
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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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A Little Night Music at the New York City Opera
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Lea Michele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Originated the role of Wendla in Spring Awakening
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Shoshana Bean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Annaleigh Ashford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Wicked, Legally Blonde, Dogfight, Kinky Boots, Hair, You Can't Take it With You, Sylvia
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Kerry Ellis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Well-known for her lead roles in Wicked, Oliver!, Les Misérables.
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Jasmine Cephas Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Original Katherine in Newsies. Glinda in Wicked in December 2014
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Lindsay Mendez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Dogfight, Wicked, Grease, Everyday Rapture
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Age: 61
Remembered for playing Nickie in a revival of Sweet Charity.
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Barrett Wilbert Weed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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Cynthia Erivo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Broadway Stars of the 21st Century
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